A future Microsoft Excel update could be about to resolve a common frustration for users everywhere.
A new entry in Microsoft 365 roadmap (opens in new tab) revealed that users will soon be able to input data directly from an image or image within the spreadsheet software.
Microsoft notes that users will be able to add table data from an image in the Data tab, a welcome upgrade for many, saving users the tedious process of manually entering data, as was the case previously.
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The update is still listed as “in development” at the time of writing, however Microsoft has issued a general availability date of June 2022, which means a release may not be far off.
When released, the feature will be available to all Microsoft Excel web users worldwide.
Excel already has a Data From Picture feature – available for Mac, iPhone and Android – that scans an image for relevant data that can be edited and pasted into your spreadsheet.
The news is the latest in a series of recent Microsoft Excel updates that seem basic but will be extremely welcome to users everywhere.
This includes the ability to allow users to hyperlink comments added to spreadsheets, rather than the previous format of just being added to comments in plain text and manually pasted into a web browser.
Microsoft has also recently revealed that it will bring support for smoother scrolling to the Excel Desktop application, resulting in a much better user experience and putting an end to accidentally snapping into random unwanted cells or losing control of all your vital data in the middle of an important job task.